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Today's Features

  • Living in the hills of East Tennessee, the tradition of storytelling, oral or otherwise, is often passed down through family members.

    But just because someone moves away and leaves the smoky mysterious hills, doesn’t mean traditions die, but rather they travel with them, wherever they go. The result is a little piece of the Tennessee Mountains locked forever inside until one day the tradition is passed down and the story retold.

    Such was the case for Mary Carr Johnson of Oklahoma.

  • Campbell County is preparing several festivities for the holiday season with Christmas celebrations planned in LaFollette, Jellico and Cove Lake State Park Christmas in the Park

    Keeping with the Christmas tradition of tree lightings, songs and nativities, Cove Lake State Park in Caryville will host the annual Christmas in the Park on Dec. 1.

    The opening celebration starts at 6 p.m. and will feature the tree lighting and fireworks display.

    The crowd is then encouraged to disperse through the park along the trails illuminated with over 2,500 glowing candles.

  • *Jacksboro Elementary hosts Korean teaching intern.docJacksboro Elementary hosts Korean teaching intern

    By CHARLOTTE UNDERWOOD

    charlotte@lafollettepress.com

    Jacksboro Elementary School (JES) is broadening the horizons of its students by hosting a teaching intern from South Korea.

    Through part of an international intern program, Seung Il Seok will be teaching JES students about his homeland.

  • Christmas is coming a little early at Jacksboro Elementary School (JES) this year.  

    The school is holding its first Christmas tree forest and silent auction.

    The public is invited to stroll through the Christmas tree forest and place bids on decorated trees, according to Jacksboro Elementary Principal Lynn Ray.  

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      By CHARLOTTE UNDERWOOD charlotte@lafollettepress.com  

    Thanks to the efforts of a church in Caryville, those within the county struggling to make ends meet will at least be guaranteed a hot Thanksgiving meal this year.

  • After 46 years in the baking profession, Ralph Doyle thought he was ready to throw in his oven mitts and retire.

     But his daughter had other ideas.

    “I’ve always wanted him to teach me and open up a shop together,” said Doyle’s daughter April Valeski.

    Valeski and her husband recently moved to Campbell County from Nashville.  Doyle moved to the county around two weeks ago from South Dakota where his former donut shop was located.

    After selling his shop two years ago, Doyle said he thought he was retired.

  • By NATASHA LAFAYETTE natasha@lafollettepress.com  

    Over 60 people gathered in the main lobby of St. Mary’s Hospital on Monday offering praise for Dr. Burgin Wood, who celebrated 50 years of service at St. Mary’s.

    CEO of St. Mary’s Alan Watson gave an introduction at the surprise reception.

    “You have proved to me that your heart is with the patient,” Watson said warmly to Wood. “It is a privilege to call you a friend and colleague.”